Cars come in many colors, sizes, forms, and speeds. But cars also very much vary in their price class. Most cars are produced and sold for and to the average driver to use in his/her everyday life. But then there are also the exclusive luxury cars that are specifically produced for a very selected rich circle of car enthusiasts. These most expensive cars in the world tend to not only look spectacular but oftentimes also belong to the fastest ones on the market. This has its price though of course. Nothing goes for under a million.
The following ranking lists the most expensive cars in the world and of all time by confirmed sales prices (prices at auctions are disregarded, as is the used cars market).
The 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World 2023
1. Rolls-Royce Boat Tail
The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is the most expensive car in the world. Costing $28 million, the car presents itself as the epitome of luxury, style, and craftsmanship. The car made by the British carmaker, owned by German car company BMW, draws inspiration from the vintage 1910s Rolls-Royce Limited car design as well as yachts of the 1920s and 1930s. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail was entirely hand-built at Rolls-Royce’s headquarters in Westhampnett, UK. The car features a bespoke Bose sound system, a parasol, rotating cocktail tables, a complete set of tableware, two fridges, and the first car also offered its buyer a pair of matching watches made specifically for the car by the Swiss luxury watch brand Bovet Fleurier.
2. Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire is the second-most expensive car in the world. The French car brand, owned by a joint venture of the Croatian car company Rimac and German car giant and largest car company in the world Volkswagen, is well known for its luxury sports cars. Bugatti’s Voiture Noire is a special one-off car based on the Bugatti Chiron, with a top speed of 420 km/h or 261 mph. The name of the car literally translates to “The Black Car” and it has been visually compared to the legendary fictional ‘Batmobile’ car. The Voiture Noire was presented in 2019 and released in 2021 and was entirely developed and made at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France.
3. Rolls-Royce Sweptail
The Rolls Royce Sweptail follows as the third-most expensive car in the world with a selling price of $12.8 million. The Sweptail is a one-off car that was hand-built over four years and finally released in 2017. The car was made at Rolls-Royce’s headquarters in the British village of Westhampnett. The design of the Rolls-Royce Sweptail was inspired by the Coachbuilder cars of the 1920s and 1930s. The interior is entirely built from luxurious materials, including Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao, Moccasin and Dark Spice leather, and precision-machined titanium, while also featuring a center console that includes a built-in mechanism for a champagne chiller and glasses.
4. Bugatti Chiron Profilée
The Bugatti Chiron Profilée comes fourth among the most expensive cars in the world. With a price tag of $10.8 million, it is the final variant of Bugatti’s Chiron series. It is heavily based on the Chiron Pur but with several details redesigned and shorter gear ratios. Several parts of the Profilée’s interior furthermore showcase a special woven finish. This one-off car is the fastest-accelerating of the Chiron cars, being able to go from 0 to 100 km/h or 62 mph in just 2.3 seconds. It is also the last car of the Chiron series with a W16 engine and has a top speed of 380 km/h or 236 mph. Bugatti made the Profilée at its headquarters in Molsheim, France.
5. Bugatti Centodieci
The Bugatti Centodieci completes the top five of the most expensive cars in the world. The limited-edition sports car has a price tag of $9.5 million. The car’s name, which translates to 110 in Italian, pays homage to Bugatti’s 110th birthday and the Bugatti EB110, a previous iteration of the French car brand from the 1990s. This new 110 version, however, incorporates new aerodynamic features as well as several luxury upgrades in the interior. The Centodieci has a top speed of 380 km/h or 240 mph and a power output of 1,600 PS, making it among the most powerful Bugattis ever made. It was entirely developed and made at Bugatti’s French Molsheim headquarters.
6. Maybach Exelero
The sixth most expensive car in the world is the Maybach Exelero, while also being the oldest among the most expensive cars in the world. It cost $8 million. The car by the German luxury car brand was mainly designed on the platform of the Maybach 57. The production of the one-off car went through in the form of a collaboration between Maybach’s parent company Mercedes-Benz and Italian concept car manufacturer Stola. The Maybach Exelero is especially renowned for its unusual design for a sports car. It features a V12 engine and reaches top speeds of 351 km/h or 218 mph. The car was made at Mercedes-Benz’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
7. Pagani Huayra Codalunga
The Pagani Huayra Codalunga takes seventh place among the most expensive cars in the world, with a price tag of $7.4 million. It is a limited version of Pagani’s Huayra series. The Codalunga pays homage to the Porsche 917, the favorite car of Horacio Pagani, the founder and owner of Pagani. Compared to other Huayras, the Codalunga is longer and smoother in its exterior, as indicated by the name which translates to “longtail” in Italian. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 engine and reaches a top speed of 383 km/h or 238 mph. The Pagani Codalunga was produced over two years at the Italian car company’s headquarters in the small town of San Cesario sul Panaro, Italy.
8. Bugatti Divo
The Bugatti Divo places eighth among the most expensive cars in the world, with a price tag of $5.8 million. The Divo is inspired by the Bugatti Type 57SC and its design is based on the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo but with several redesigned features and aerodynamic improvements. It is named after legendary French racing driver Albert Divo, who drove Bugatti cars. The Divo features the same W16 engine as the Bugatti Chiron. With a top speed of 380 km/h or 236 mph, it is slower than the Chiron, while, however, generating more downforce than the Chiron thanks to its improved aerodynamic design. The Bugatti Divo was designed and made at the French brand’s headquarters in Molsheim, France.
9. Pagani Huayra Imola
Pagani Huayra Imola is the ninth most expensive car in the world. It is the fourth addition to Pagani’s Huayra supercar lineup and has a price tag of $5.4 million. It is named after the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, a renowned race circuit in Imola, Italy. Compared to its predecessors, the Imola offers several improvements, like a new carbon fiber blend, which makes the Imola the lightest among the Huayras. It includes a V12 engine, tuned up to 838 PS, making it the most powerful street-legal car Pagani ever built to date. The car reaches top speeds of 370 km/h or 230 mph. It, too, was manufactured at Pagani’s headquarters in San Cesario sul Panaro, Italy.
10. Bugatti Mistral
The Bugatti Mistral completes the top 10 of the most expensive cars in the world. With a price tag of $5.3 million, the Mistral is the last Bugatti car to feature the iconic W16 engine. It has a power output of 1,600 PS, placing it among the most powerful street-legal cars the French luxury sports car brand ever built. The Bugatti Mistral reaches a top speed of 420 km/h or 261 mph. It shares many design elements with Bugatti’s Chiron Super Sport 300+, but the Mistral has a completely reengineered and reshaped monocoque, which creates a more rounded silhouette without compromising performance. It was made at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France and shipping of the Mistral will begin in 2024.
The 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World 2023
(as of May 2023)
|Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World:
|1. ROLLS-ROYCE BOAT TAIL
Price per car: $28.0 million
|2. BUGATTI LA VOITURE NOIRE
Price per car: $13.4 million
|3. ROLLS-ROYCE SWEPTAIL
Price per car: $12.8 million
|4. BUGATTI CHIRON PROFILEE
Price per car: $10.8 million
|5. BUGATTI CENTODIECI
Price per car: $9.5 million
|6. MAYBACH EXELERO
Price per car: $8.0 million
|7. PAGANI HUAYRA CODALUNGA
Price per car: $7.4 million
|8. BUGATTI DIVO
Price per car: $5.8 million
|9. PAGANI HUAYRA IMOLA
Price per car: $5.4 million
|10. BUGATTI MISTRAL
Price per car: $5.3 million
|Top 10 most expensive cars in the world by price per car. Only street-legal cars that are already in production or were already released with confirmed specs are eligible here. Prices are converted to U.S. Dollars. Updated as of May 2023.